I wonder what is right with …..


When we took Eleanor home 5 years ago, no one really expected her to live. She only weighed a couple of ounces, fit in the palm of my hand, and was even too young to be tested for any of the many diseases that a feral kitten could have. I would go through these bouts of fear about loosing her, but what really bothered me was that I found it impossible to see her as an adult cat. One day, the idea came to look up adult tortoise-shell cats on-line so I could get a visual.  I knew that if I could get that picture in my mind, I’d be able to focus back on it, when the fears came up.

I’ve heard the concept of visualization knocked by people who say things like, “Right. All I have to do is imagine what I want and it will happen?!” with this tone of sarcasm and unbelief, and I always want to answer, “So you have mastered your mind, huh?! You can actually go 10 minutes, or even an entire day, thinking of only the outcome that you would like to see, and not letting doubt, fear or any number of horrifying scenarios that you wouldn’t like to see, take over?”

But I would never say that, because any person who knew the power of their mind, could not doubt its power and would know that, far from being a passive, airy-fairy concept of “doing nothing”, focusing on the lives that we want (the desired outcome  for any situation that is a current struggle in our lives) is the biggest, hardest, most intense “work” that we will ever do. In the movie that I wrote about earlier this week, Dhamma Brothers, one of the inmates said that meditating, for the 10 day period, was harder than the last 8 1/2 years he had spent on death-row.

So if you are having a hard time focusing your mind, you are in good company. But keep looking for what you want to see anyway. Get an image in your mind of that good. Look for what is right. Ask yourself the questions, “I wonder what is right with me today?” or “I wonder what is right with this situation?”

And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. FIx your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right and pure, and lovely and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” Philippians 4:8

26 thoughts on “I wonder what is right with …..”

  1. I love tortoiseshells. I had a beautiful one called Della for over 16 years. She ranked up there with my 3 best cats. I miss her every single day.

  2. Mary. Thank you for the supportive reminder to stay focused on what we want instead of what we fear will happen. It IS a full time job, but so worthy of our devotion!

  3. Mary, i know i don’t write often enough to say that every day is a gift from you. Thank you for today’s post and the next 100!!

  4. Oh Mary!

    What a perfect message for me today when I am filled with gloom and self-doubt!
    Absolutely, visualizing a desired outcome is without question going to make it more likely to occur. When I change my mind set to that end I can absolutely “see” more opportunities for making it possible as well as raising my energy level to accomplish necessary tasks.

    Eleanor is beautiful and a very fortunate kitty to have happened into your loving care. A testament to the power of love and determination.

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!
    Love from Fran

  5. Just the blog and quote I needed to start my day! Thanks Mary, sending lots of love your way 🙂

  6. PS…Eleanor is simply gorgeous…I imagine as a kitten she was tiny and blotches of color…xoxo

  7. Eleanor is such a cutie! Thanks for the good thought of the day. A good way to start each morning is to read your blog Mary

  8. Sometimes I do have a difficult time focusing my mind! Sometimes it is much easier than other times. I have been focusing recently on the word and concept of ‘pure’. I love this Bible verse and love that the word ‘pure’ is in it. That word speaks to me and I can visualize it in so many ways…pure love, pure water, pure delight, even Ivory pure…it is clarifying, simple, and soothing for me. And it helps me to remember to keep my thoughts and feelings ‘pure’…not clouded by judgement, the past, unnecessary worry, fear…it really helps me to return to the calm and peace of my center. Thanks for another wonderful post, Mary! Pure and simple!

  9. Love this pic of Eleanor! What a great looking cat (and I’m a dog person).

    Mary, you know that I finally adopted the Golden Retriever that I have been agonizing over for so many months. And your post today speaks to this, because I was flip-flopping back and forth since around April about him….should I try to get him or shouldn’t I? Am I taking on too much or does he need to be in a better home and I’m it? I struggled mightily with my emotions and as a result, things were constantly in a state of flux.

    Last weekend, I realized that he had been with me for 11 full days (so that I could be sure he got ear medication that he needed on a regular schedule) and he was due to go back home that night, and I became as focused as a laser beam on wanting to keep him. Once that happened, the right words came out of me to his owner and she turned him over on the spot.

    My point is, you can visualize ’til the cown come home, but if your background emotions are not focused, it won’t happen until they are.

    So now I’m the proud mom of a 91-pound, 10-year-old Golden, who is so sweet and so laid back, and I can truly say my emotional clarity helped it happen. Picture what you want, but be sure to get your ‘feelings’ into it, too.

    You’ve always said this same thing, Mary, but when it actually happens to a person, the lesson finally comes home.

    1. Hooray! Yippee! Thanks Suzanne for sharing the happy ending! And what a perfect story of alignment…vision and thought and feelings and then the magic happens! Love and hugs to you both!

    2. I am so happy to hear that a decision has been made – for both you and for YOUR dog. It feels so good that there is a unified thought and decision. That in between phase must have been disconcerting (to say the least). Now you can be truly focused. In one of my things I’ve studied, I’ve learned that there is no right or wrong decision and that a decision will steady us. Enjoy your new family!

      1. Mary Solomon, thank you for your good wishes! I guess I’ve honed my focusing skills just a bit more with this one.

  10. Suzanne! I am thrilled for you and this precious animal that has found a most special and loving forever home! This is such happy news! Crystal clear focus and the right words were yours, incredible! I am so happy for you both!

    The meditation in Sarah Young’s book Jesus Calling for Sept. 29 stated that “the human mind is the pinnacle of God’s creation” – think of that! And yet we doubt this amazing faculty that was blessed by God for knowing, intuiting, and acting in faith. Thinking about ‘what is right?’ today – I was imagining the homes of those that have survived a hurricane, the damage, the destruction – and surely there is plenty ‘wrong’, but what can be salvaged is first and foremost to be attended to, so that what is good and right and still strong and able to stand, can stand again. Our spiritual foundation, anchored in faith and trust, can withstand many storms. Trust that it is good and strong, and yes Kathye, pure! and will remain so in stormy weather.

  11. More of the lessons on focusing continue to be what I need. Thanks Mary. Eleanor’s eyes are beautiful. I love the shots of your pets. Definately great energy.
    Congrats Poot!(on finding Suzanne T.)

  12. I can turn off the computer with a magnificent smile for the night—S and P are united for sure… rhymes with pure!
    And Mary, you are what’s RIGHT in our world. I say a silent ‘thank you’ every time I read your insights and inspirations. I’d shout it from the rooftops except we’re new in our ‘neighborhood’ and we’re trying to look local. 🙂

    1. Oh thank you Cheryl!…thinking of you in your new neighborhood, and the smile is now on my face!

  13. Thank you, Sally B.! Yes, Poot is the name he came with, and while it wouldn’t be my choice (he looks more like a ‘Clarence’ or an ‘Atticus’), he’s half-deaf from untreated ear infections, and I don’t want to change the sound of the name he’s used to. He has enough to adjust to right now.

    1. Thank you Diana and hoping your week is turning out to be wonderful too!

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